It's All Elemental: The Sounds of Andrei Tarkovsky
He knows the picture is only half the story.
Wind. Water. Earth. Fire: The natural elements are the building blocks of the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. The fire crackles differently from film to film, the wind sometimes howls, sometimes hoots, the Earth is trod upon and the water washes it clean. Most directors will carefully decide what will be left in and out of the frame, but very few treat sound the same way as the images. Tarkovsky exaggerates the sounds he wants to highlight—whether a water droplet, the sound of footsteps, or a burning flame, it’s all about what he wants you to hear.